Saudi lobbyists 'bought 500 nights at Trump's hotel after 2016 polls'

Saudi-backed lobbyists paid for 500 nights at Trump's D.C. hotel just after 2016 election

The Washington Post reports the lobbyists paid for some 500 nights' stays at the Trump International Hotel, where rooms average a rate of $768 per night. The payment was seen as further evidence of Trump's collusion with foreign governments, which is suspected of influencing the results of the election.

The report says that over the course of three months, lobbyists supporting the Saudi Arabian government's interests booked over 500 nights at the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.

That's according to The Washington Post, which reports the lobbyists then offered the rooms to USA military veterans as part of a free trip to Washington. Once in D.C., the veterans were pushed to lobby against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which lets the families of September 11 victims file suit against the Saudi government. In December 2016 they switched most of their business to the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington.

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Trump hotel execs anonymously told the Post they were "unaware at the time that Saudi Arabia was ultimately footing the bill". Now, they wonder if they were used twice over: not just to deliver someone else's message to Congress, but also to deliver business to the Trump Organisation, reported the Post. He said the lobby group employed by the Saudis, Qorvis MSLGROUP, spent money like no veterans group he had ever worked with. He went on three trips, and said that what made the Trump hotel trips different from trips with other veterans groups were the private rooms, open bars and free dinners.

Those bookings have fueled a pair of lawsuits saying Trump violated the Constitution by taking improper payments from foreign governments.

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